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Alleged Apple Store Burglar, From L.A., Behind Bars

Equonne Howard, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary; a BMW used in the heist was smashed.

A 22-year-old Los Angeles man on parole was behind bars Sunday in connection with the drive-in, smash and grab burglary at the store in The Promenade.

Equonne Romon Howard was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary and parole violation.

Howard was being held on a no-bail commit and was ordered to court Monday at the Southwest Justice Center.

The burglary occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday at the store at 40764 Winchester Road, officials said.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald, three suspects got out of a blue BMW SUV and started grabbing items off display shelves; as the three looted, the driver repeatedly rammed the security gate, which had clanked down behind the vehicle as it entered.

They all wore gloves, dark clothing covered their entire bodies and hooded sweatshirts were worn over heads and faces, McDonald said.

A few hours later -- about 9 a.m. -- a sheriff's deputy from the Temecula station spotted a man walking around the mall and stopped him, linked him to the suspect vehicle and took him in on a state parole hold.

Investigators found the BMW allegedly used in the burglary in the area of Ynez and Winchester roads; ; it had sustained severe damage.

No more information on the other suspects was immediately available.

Scott September 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Awsome!! Kudos to Temecula police/Sheriff
Popeye September 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
That is why this city is rated the 2nd safest city in America. Thanks Temecula police/Sheriff.
Mr. Temecula September 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
You guys are all crazy; they found the car and implicated a suspicious man walking around the mall at a later date? This information leads you all to believe that they actually caught the right guy/people. Its a sad day for America when people rally behind facts as weak as these. The comments above are sad.
V.W.D.S. September 10, 2012 at 05:24 AM
the Riverside Sheriff's press release states they linked this person as the registered owner of the vehicle used in the robbery. Perhaps they also identified some stolen items on his person.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Surely VWDS, and there is always so much more then is released by the police. There is also two more suspects correct? Which have not been apprehended. But now I find it hard to believe the suspect used his own BMW to crash through the gates of the store, and that just doesnt make sense. Unless he didnt realize it would do so much damage driving it thru the glass and a metal gate. Doh' Mr. T, I hope they have at least one of the right guys. Worse case scenerio they got a guy who had outstanding holds. Heck its ok to get excited and hope that the PD got the guys that did this crime in our City.

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